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August 7, 2005, 04:03 AM
i am new to trap and after 3 trips i am hooked. i have a semi mossberg 500. wat brand and type of ammo should i use to get the best value?

Tim Whittaker
August 7, 2005, 06:30 AM
I shoot sporting clays quite a bit and get the value packs at WalMart, Winchester,100 rounds, 12ga. #7.5 shot, 2.75", 3 dram for something like $15.77. However, Winchester AA in #8 shot is what I shoot in tournaments but is a bit more pricey.

August 7, 2005, 08:10 AM
If you have any Gander Mountain stores near you watch for sales on Estate ammo or Federal ammo. Last month we had a local Big R store sell Estate ammo for $2.99 a box, I bought 2 flats, would of bought more, but I rarely shoot the 12 gauge anymore. I know the sporting goods dept manager there, and he said it was only $.05 over their cost per box and it was going up so there would be no more that cheap for a while.

Estate is manufactured by Federal IIRC.

August 7, 2005, 02:10 PM
Nitro 27 by remington is a STS hull loaded with more powder. But i shoot estates almost religously because i can get it for 33 bucks a case and have never had a malfunction in either 12 or 20 they are good but very very dirty i think of them as americas answer to wolf :p

Big Yac
August 7, 2005, 04:26 PM
if you are going to start reloading I'd say buy either the Remington Sport Loads or the Federal Top Guns, they reload as well as the top of the line shells (Remington STS, Federal Gold Medal) but not quite as many times. If you dont plan on reloading, Id still look into the Remington Sport Loads or maybe just whatever Walmart might have in stock that day.

August 7, 2005, 04:28 PM
Me and my dad do some trap and we started reloading. Its much cheaper and fun to sit in the basement and load a few hudnred shells. We use STS hulls, 7.5 shot and they work very well.

August 7, 2005, 08:30 PM
If you shoot at any events sanctioned by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), then the heaviest allowable load in 12-gauge is 1.125 oz. of #7.5 shot propelled by 3 drams of powder. This formula has become ubiquitous as the "standard" trap-load, and works well beyond the 20-yard line. If your shooting takes place between the 16- and 20-yard lines, then you might fare well with less (2.75 drams) of powder. At the 16-yard line you could possibly do well with a 1-ounce load of #8 or 8.5 shot.

Given these general guidelines, my best recommendation is to pattern the different manufacturers' trap-loads to see which shoots best in your particular gun. Time spent testing loads at the patterning board can make a positive difference in your score when the round is over.

Good luck, and good shooting!